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Joined SparkPeople at the beginning of 2011. I've been running for about 20 years. Started running long in 2004 and did my first marathon in 2005. The last two years of running have been difficult. Maybe I'm burned out. Anyway decided I needed to start over. I am focusing on improving my diet, loosing some weight and slowly increasing my running distance and pace. I've also changed from doing an all run to doing a 5 run/1 walk. This is what I did for my first and fastest marathon. Last Sunday I ...
Joined SparkPeople at the beginning of 2011. I've been running for about 20 years. Started running long in 2004 and did my first marathon in 2005. The last two years of running have been difficult. Maybe I'm burned out. Anyway decided I needed to start over. I am focusing on improving my diet, loosing some weight and slowly increasing my running distance and pace. I've also changed from doing an all run to doing a 5 run/1 walk. This is what I did for my first and fastest marathon. Last Sunday I ran my first 5K of the year. Came in second in my age group, 60 to 65. I run about a 12 minute pace, so not much competition in this run. Aiming to run a 10K the end of February.
Here it is May already. My wife and I are getting ready for the Missoula Montana Half Marathon on July 7th. I completed my 10K in February. My training seems to be going according to my plan I'll run about 11 miles this weekend. My concern is the 74 degrees and probably 100% humidity here in Houston on Saturday morning at 6:00. If I am successful I know I can complete another half marathon. I'm getting stronger again. My pace is improving each week, especially on my shorter weekday runs. Looking forward to the continued challenge.
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RUN4FOOD 12 mile run done. Hit my goal pace, barely.
set 4 days ago


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Member Since: 12/31/2010

SparkPoints: 63,743

Fitness Minutes: 67,593

My Goals:
Loose a few pounds: started at 180 on 1/1/11.
Aiming for 168. Okay, so I hit my 168 pound goal. So, let's try for 163 pounds. I weighed 158 as a senior in high school. I don't have any desire to go below 158.
I have the capability I just need the knowledge to eat better.

Running: would like to run a marathon again in 2012.

My Program:
Go to the gym 3 days a week. I'm trying out all of SparkPeople's suggested strength workouts. Then plan to put together a workout that focuses on one area each day; upper, lower and full body.
I run 4 days a week, short during the week and longer on Saturdays. My longest run this year was 3.5 miles.

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Living in Houston, TX. has it's advantages, especially during our mild winters, but summers can be tough.

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SMITTY4RL
3/20/2014 8:57:25 PM

Thanks for the comments on the water system to carry with me when running. I went to out to our REI store and found a few different types, but am still undecided as yet. I know I'll find something that will work. Thanks again for the suggestions!



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3/19/2014 3:06:24 PM

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MBTEPP
3/19/2014 11:59:33 AM

Thanks for your support on my 1st HM! I enjoyed the event, despite the conditions, and reveled in my finish.

Congrats to you on a strong finish. I expect you feel very good about the double finish!!

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SMITTY4RL
3/16/2014 3:49:00 PM

Hi Gary--Regarding your comments on my 12.5 mile blog...I'm with you on the water intake. I need to find some sort of carrier system for either a bigger bottle or several bottles. The dam area where I run does not have the drinking fountains turned on yet and I forgot to put more water in the car (that was a mistake!). Thanks so much for your comments, I really appreciated them!



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JAZZERDANCER7
3/16/2014 1:53:06 PM

Have a great race!



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